Bel Air girls fall in volleyball state semifinals

College Park-The Bel Air Bobcats girls volleyball season ended at Ritchie Coliseum on the University of Maryland campus Tuesday night in a state Class 3A state semifinal.

The Bobcats lost in straight sets to undefeated La Plata. The scores were 25-16, 25-20 and 25-15.

"We were kind of expecting for something better to happen tonight," Bobcats Head Coach Walter Bondarenko said. "I'm still proud of these ladies."

The Bobcats struggled throughout the match with physical mistakes. Thee were mental mistakes as well and nerves took over in set one.

Celeste Roland was a spark in that first set with two service aces, but the Bobcats were not able to score another point on her serve the rest of the match.

"We had to focus on our mistakes, we can't go off their mistakes, we have to have less mistakes than them," Roland said.

The mistakes seemed to bother the Bobcats all night. At times in set two, the Bobcats played better. Their first lead of the match came at 7-6 and grew to 10-7.

The Warriors, though, reeled off back-to-back multiple point runs to take leads of 15-11 and 20-16. One of Roland's team leading nine kills made it 20-17, but the Warriors pulled away for the five point win on the strength of power. La Plata senior Maggie Lavery led all players with 15 kills and 18 points.

The third and final set couldn't have started any worse for the Bobcats, who fell in a 7-0 hole to start.

The Bobcats responded with four consecutive points, two on Amanda Rodriquez service aces.

The lead grew to 17-11 before a Roland kill, but La Plata continued to fire on all cylinders en route to the three-set win.

Rodriquez finished with 12 assists, two kills, four aces, nine digs and six points. Roland added six digs and 12 points.

The Bobcats season ends at 15-4.

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